My family has owned a large citrus company for the past year 50 years. Generation after generation has helmed this ship, providing citrus products to states all over the country while being grown right here in our sunny southern climate. When I was young, we had so many oranges around the house that I began to grow sick of eating them. My friends would crack jokes about my family growing and selling round fruit, but it never bothered me. It was nice always having the opportunity to help out to get extra spending money, especially in high school. Instead of finding a job bagging groceries, I was put to work at the sorting facility. I saw firsthand how popular my family’s business was in the local and national community. For years I had considered opening a business of my own, always thinking about having some amazing restaurant or cafe in the downtown district. But those dreams have faded in recent years. I get a lot of satisfaction out of working at my family’s commercial citrus business. To prove to them that I’m worthy of a management role, I agreed to get a business degree from a local community college. But I’m not going to stop there, as I have researched nearby business development centers. Business development centers, or entrepreneurial centers as they’re also called, are a wealth of information for those seeking help, advice, and assistance with running businesses of all variety and all sizes. You could learn skills for better staffing or finding the right commercial office space to rent as your home business grows beyond your garage. I’m hoping I can learn something that will be valuable to my family’s growing citrus business.